Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Looking Forward to Ljff in 2021

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Looking Forward to Ljff in 2021

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With LJFF's first class of Akron I PROMISE Network students now in eighth grade, the I PROMISE Institute is currently conducting research on resources and support programs around the country to determine the best tactics and procedures to have in place by the time its students arrive on The University of Akron campus in 2021. LJFF has established a governing board of academics from across the country to help oversee this research that will guide the IPI's curriculum and interventions as it gets to the root of urban youth retention. Officially titled the "I PROMISE Institute Bureau," the Bureau's founding members include:

Dr. Brandi Plephner LaBanc - Dr. Hephner LaBanc is the vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Mississippi where she provides leadership and direction for all aspects of the Division of Student Affairs while also serving as a faculty member in the higher education program in the department of leadership and counselor education. Dr. Hephner LaBanc earned her bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Akron, her master's degree in higher education administration and student personnel at Kent State LJniversity, and her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in adult and higher education.

Prior to Ole Miss, Dr. Hephner LaBanc served Northern Illinois University as their associate vice president in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as the assistant vice president for planning and operations. A respected scholar and consultant in the field of campus crisis management, her work and research also focuses on preparation of student affairs professionals and transition issues for graduate students.

Paul A. Herold - After more than 36 years of professional service at The University of Akron, Paul Herold recently retired from UA as special assistant to the president and secretary of the board of trustees. Since 2010, Herold was involved in researching, drafting and implementing board- and institutional-level policies and policy updates. From 1996 through 2009, he oversaw the university's communication, public relations and marketing efforts and served on the University's leadership team. He also represented UA to a variety of professional and community constituencies during his tenure. Herold earned both his master's degree in higher education and bachelor's degree in communication from The University of Akron. He will begin conducting research, site visits and other critical groundwork for the IPI immediately.

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. - As the president of Radford University in Virginia, Dr. …

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